Birth Without Fear: The Judgment-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

Birth Without Fear: The Judgment-Free Guide to Taking Charge of Your Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum

by January Harshe

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ISBN-13: 9780316515610
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 107,188
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

The mother of six children, January Harshe knows firsthand how widely birth experiences can range. In 2010 January founded the Birth Without Fear Facebook page and Birth Without Fear Blog in order to spread her message of empowerment, to give women their voices back in the face of a powerful medical industrial complex and widespread cultural ignorance about birth. Soon, Birth Without Fear became so much more than a website—January had sparked a movement. Her community had grown so big that January expanded her platform so she could speak directly to areas of specific need. She created Take Back Postpartum, Don't Forget Dads, and Breastfeed Without Fear under the Birth Without Fear tent, all of which today collectively represent a social media following of over 1 million and counting.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Empowered Pregnancy

Chapter 1 Variations of Normal: First Trimester Without Fear 3

Chapter 2 Advocating for Yourself: Second Trimester Without Fear 21

Chapter 3 Your Body Is Amazing, Your Baby Is Wise: Third Trimester Without Fear 39

Part 2 Options, Support, and Respect: Labor and Birth

Chapter 4 Variations of Normal Are Normal: Hospital Birth Without Fear 57

Chapter 5 All Warriors Have Scars: Cesarean Without Fear 73

Chapter 6 Vaginas Do Open, Babies Do Come Out: VBAC Without Fear 87

Chapter 7 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know-About Home Birth But Were Afraid to Ask: Home Birth Without Fear 97

Chapter 8 When Your Destination Requires a Detour: Backup Plans Without Fear 121

Part 3 Taking Back Postpartum

Chapter 9 Postpartum Without Fear 131

Chapter 10 You Do You, Boo: Self-Love Without Fear 155

Chapter 11 Cracked Nipples, Inverted Nipples, and Bottle Nipples: Feeding Without Fear 169

Chapter 12 You Are Not Alone: Mental Health Without Fear 187

Chapter 13 Hey, I Remember You: Sex and Intimacy Without Fear 199

Conclusion: The Self-Love Generation 213

Birth Without Fear Harmony Circle Guide 216

Questions for Care Providers and Birth Plan Templates 221

Glossary 231

Notes 241

Recommended Resources 243

Acknowledgments 247

Index 251

About the Author 265

About the Author of Partner Point of View 266

What People are Saying About This

M.Ed., founder of “The Birth Hour” podcast - Bryn Huntpalmer

“The first book on pregnancy, childbirth, and the tender postpartum period that will leave you feeling truly supported, understood, and informed. January bravely calls out in a straightforward, funny, and thought-provoking way where we have gone wrong with prenatal and postnatal care, and how women can reclaim their experience and find empowerment on their journey to motherhood.”

Author of The Sh!t No One Tells You About Pregnancy - Dawn Dais

“With endless warmth and encouragement—and not a single ounce of judgment—January Harshe shares a wealth of wisdom and resources to help you discover what the best pregnancy and birth experience is for you. Birth Without Fear is a must-have book for anyone who is preparing to welcome a baby into the world.”

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Anonymous 4 months ago
This book covers every topic from conception to postpartum with a loving, inclusive tone that is easy to read, informative, and truly inspirational. A lot of books will tell you that "this will happen then" or "that will happen at x-amount of weeks," but January Harshe constantly sounds the horn of variations of normal, that there is no one way to be pregnant, no one-size-fits-all, right way to birth a baby, and best of all, that there is no shame in feeling like being a new mom is hard, challenging, and sometimes depressing and lonely. There are sections in every chapter dedicated to the partners, all written by January's husband, Brandon. They are short and sweet and to the point, and often funny. There are birth plan templates for every kind of birth--hospital, cesarean, home, or birth center, an in-depth glossary of terms so you won't be clueless as to what this means or what that acronym stands for, and a comprehensive list of resources at the end of the book for whatever life situation you may find yourself needing help with during your pregnancy and/or postpartum.